25 Mar 2021
It’s officially picnic season! Next week we can finally meet in groups outdoors so grab five of your closest family and friends, picnic baskets and blankets and enjoy the very best food and drink al fresco this spring.
For eating al fresco like the French… PAUL Bakery, sites across London
With shops located across London – a stone’s through from beauty spots like Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath – French artisan bakery PAUL is the perfect place to grab a drink and a bite on the way to your local park. Pick up all your picnic essentials from freshly-prepared sandwiches and salads to tempting tarts, cream cakes and pastries; or swing by for a takeaway coffee while you walk and talk.
For superior sushi… SUMI, Notting Hill
From the team behind Michelin-starred Endo at Rotunda, SUMI in Notting Hill is the casual yet elegant little sister to sushi master Endo Kazutoshi’s eponymous White City restaurant. The vibrant and colourful sushi and sashimi boxes are the perfect indulgent choice for an afternoon catching up with friends al fresco in nearby Kensington Gardens. Choose from the SUMI Box (£48), Omakase Box (£48) or Premium Sashimi Box (£38); each packed with a wide variety of fresh and cured fish, sushi and sashimi. SUMI is available via Click & Collect and Deliveroo.
For post-lockdown picnic luxury… Down Hall, Essex
If you’re looking to enjoy a taste of the English countryside and make the most of the Spring sunshine, Down Hall is opening up its expansive grounds so bring your picnic rug and claim your spot within the 110-acre estate of gardens and woodlands. The picnic hampers feature a selection of freshly baked goods, sandwiches and sweet treats, or go all out with an afternoon tea hamper, each with child-friendly options. Picnic hampers are priced at £25 per adult and £15 per child. Picnic afternoon teas are £30 per adult and £15 per child.
For your own al fresco bar… Liberation Cocktails
Let canned-cocktail connoisseurs Liberation Cocktails give happy hour an al fresco makeover with their new range of kegs, cans and cruisers. Make it a party to remember with an impressive 5-litre keg of ready- to-drink cocktail (£99), including Espresso Martini, Strawberry Daquiri, Gin Garden and the classic Pornstar Martini, each holding 33 mixologist grade cocktails which lasts over a month once tapped. 200ml cans are also available – perfect for walks and park picnics – or, for extra special occasions, go all out with the Liberation Cocktail Cruiser, a bespoke “cocktail in a van” service bringing the cocktail party to you with a range of refreshing cocktails on-tap from martinis and mojitos to the super summery Aperol Spritz.
For boozy fun with friends… Whisp Drinks Park Delivery
Get whisped away to the park with Whisp Drinks – brand-new refreshing and 100% British hard seltzers (aka alcoholic sparkling water) – packaged in pretty pastel, recyclable cans, they are a delicious and easy choice for a park tipple. Made from naturally and sustainably sourced British ingredients, 100% vegan and gluten-free, with no added sugar, sweeteners or preservatives, Whisp is less than 66 calories per can. Whisp comes in two refreshing flavours, Whisp Cucumber & Mint and Whisp Raspberry & Elderflower. Available for nationwide delivery, or for those with an SW postcode, the Whisp Mini will pull up at your local park for orders of 24 cans or more, use code PARKWHISP at checkout, or direct message on Instagram @Whispdrinks. (4 pack of cans for £10)
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For a spring-time sugar hit… Creams Café
The UK’s favourite dessert restaurant, Creams Café is here to sweeten up your spring-time picnics with its delicious treats. From stacks of American pancakes to loaded waffles, as well as silky-smooth shakes and creamy gelato; there’s something for everyone on the menu. The perfect pick for a catch up with friends in the park, why not try Creams’ decadent doughnuts. Choose from the Playful Box (£8.95) or the Indulgence Box (£8.95), both crammed with four seriously sweet doughnuts that are sure to impress. Delivery is available nationwide via Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat.